Alabama Beats UTA 82-76 for 6th National Title!
There is the age old saying “save the best for last”, this is an appropriate phrase if asked to define the women’s national championship game as it was the last game of the 2019 Toyota National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. This game was full of momentum swings as it featured five lead changes and nine ties throughout the game. Further supporting this point of momentum swings is the longest run of the game for each team was 11-0 for Alabama and 12-0 UTA.
With Bama up 34-26 at half, UTA had to come out strong in the third quarter to get back into the game. The Lady Movin’ Mavs followed suit and outscored the Tide 20-11 in third to take a 36-35 lead into the final frame. This lead change was largely due to the stellar performance from Waterville, MN, native Rose Hollermann with game totals of 40 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.
The Crimson Tide made some big shots in key situations late in the game, this included a few shots as time was expiring on the shot clock. The exceptional offensive from Arinn “Juice” Young of Legal, Alberta-Canada, was on display as she recorded a triple-double for the game: 39 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
The “shot of the tournament” goes to Katharina Lang of Munich, Germany, who hit a well-contest 12-footer with six seconds remaining to knot the game at 67-67. The Lady Movin’ Mavs took a Hail Mary toss as time expired in regulation that fell short, those in attendance were blessed with some “free basketball” as the game moved to overtime.
Aside from Young’s performance, the Crimson Tide received great offensive output from Katharina Lang, with 24 points and Rosalie Lalonde of Saint-Clec, Quebec-Canada, with 12 points.
Alabama closed out the year with an Overall Record of 25-4 Roll Tide!